It all began when I saw a TV report about the Black Country Living Museum and the women chainmaker’s strike of 1910, when they fought the chain masters for a living wage and paved the way for a National Minimum Wage – the phrase The White Slaves of England piqued my interest. That children from … More The trilogy I didn’t intend to write.
It’s odd the subjects you get led to when researching for a novel. While looking into the events of 1929 for The Chain Mistress, which may not be it’s final title, I came across a butterfly by the name of Clarence Hatry, who flapped his wings with dire effects. Hatry, son of a Jewish immigrant … More A butterfly’s wings, cause and effect, and why fraud is dangerous.
I have read a lot of series in the past and marvelled at how they were put together, how events from the first or second books played a pivotal role in the later books. How on earth did the authors weave these books together so flawlessly? Having written several stand-alone books and two historical series, … More Writing a series – different approaches.
I was very interested to read this film review, https://beetleypete.com/2021/04/10/film-review-peterloo-2018/, having written a fictional series set in the Black Country in the 1900s that describes just such conditions for the poor workers on whose backs was born the industrial revolution. If my memory serves me correctly, the Manchester Free Trades Hall is built on the … More Film Review: Peterloo (2018)